Back then the app I used was called Cocktail. Since then, Cocktail has added a boatload of features that Mac users can use to keep their machines running smoothly, efficiently, and optimized. Choose to use the mix of Cocktail features manually, or set it up on auto pilot.
Do It, Set It, Forget It
Right up front let me state that much of what Cocktail does can be done with a couple of free utilities for the Mac. The problem is that those utilities require manual manipulation, while Cocktail can be automated. If you’re intimidated by choice, easier is better.
Cocktail’s interface is also self explanatory (those some of the terms are not) and gives Mac users options for Disks, System, Files, Network, and Interface. The Disk option lets you modify sleep, repair permissions, and reset ACLs. The System settings have six options; running Scripts, purging Memory, modifying Spotlight and Time Machine, and more.
The Network interface probably is the most complex, yet can result in faster internet connection speeds. The Mac’s operating system has a number of Interface options which can be modified in Cocktail. These include Finder, Dock, Safari, Login and other settings.
Those settings are self explanatory.
What sets Cocktail apart from other utilities is the nominal price tag (cheaper than the much hated MacKeeper and other utilities of dubious value), and the Pilot setting which automates some of the household maintenance chores your Mac needs to perform from time to time.
Your Mac can perform some cleaning and purging tasks automatically, but only if the Mac is left on overnight. Cocktail’s Pilot setting lets you perform such tasks according to a schedule that you determine (or, run manually with a click to the Run button).
The real question is, “Do you need Cocktail’s functions?” The answer is yes. Are there less expensive options? Yes, though most are manually adjusted and not aimed at the average Mac user. I’ve been using Cocktail for many years and it’s been one of the first apps I install on a new Mac, and though lean on the geekier side and don’t hesitate to dig around in terminal or install other utilities with similar value to see what’s going on, I appreciate a set-it-and-forget-it option, too.
All the features are available in the try-before-you-buy version.